Monday, April 4, 2011

Twenty Years Have Come and Gone

Today I heard from a friend whose mom had a surgery to remove a large tumor, though we won't hear about whether it is cancerous for a bit, she is in recovery and they didn't have to take as much extra as they thought they might. After the phone call Katherine asked me what we talked about and I explained it to her in age appropriate ways the best I could. All she said was, "They should do that for Grawmps." Next, I got to explain how Grawmps, my dad, has a different kind of cancer problem, where he doesn't have a tumor that can be removed. Bless her heart for wanting to do whatever she can for him! She has asked me before about foods that are god for him to eat, or supplements, that may help him because of his cancer.

Twenty years have come and gone since I can remember my dad not being ill and about 5+ years ago he finally was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a form of bone marrow cancer. There is not much of my life that is not touched by his illness. It has prepared me well for my life right now and given me an aptitude for everything I have encountered.

When I really think about it, I have a hard time wrapping my head around some of the concepts that I have to share and have learned. It seems, if willing, I'll be able to communicate my love for parents, daughter, husband and God through a living faith that stands encompassing us when months turn into years and years seem as though they may end any moment, or drag on for decades. I can find the pieces of eternity in the fragments of mercy I can recognize, while I pray to always be close enough to grasp them.

We are all but fleeting souls, in search of our resting grounds. This life has so very many twists and turns that it can appear unforgiving, but let us try not to be torn from our path to eternity. Peace be with you.